There are two distinct areas where dispensationalism, which is a theological system, diverges from orthodox New Testament Christianity. There is, to begin with, a consistent Antinomianism which distinguishes dispensational theology. This one ingredient alone, if shown, destroys completely any claim of dispensationalism to Christianity. A person just cannot be antinomian and Christian in his theology. Antinomianism holds that a person may be truly regenerate while in no way obedient to the commands of the law. That means he may have “faith without works.” According to Scripture, faith without works is “dead” (James 2:26). Even a dispensational will admit that, if his theological faith is a theologically dead faith, his system of belief is a dead one. The dispensationalist needs to repent of his dead system.
Yet one more departure from historic Christianity becomes clear in their separation of Israel and the church. Into two distinct separate peoples of God. One, an earthly people with temporal rewards, i.e., Israel. And a spiritual people, with heavenly rewards, i.e., the church. This idea lies behind their conviction regarding the pretribulational rapture. This is nothing more than a rejection of the unity of the covenant of grace, and a denial that Old Testament believers were saved by grace that is in Jesus Christ. Therefore, the giving of the Law to Moses is in their estimation an offer by God of a plan of salvation by works. The dispensationalists consider the Old Testament as ‘legal territory’ to be fled from. All this contrary to what the Scripture says regarding the essential unity of Israel and the church. See Romans 2:28-29; 4:11-17; 11:17-21; Galatians 3:7; Ephesians 2:11-16. What hinders dispensationalists from seeing this? Answer? Holding blindly to a man-devised system that holds them in blindness to the truth and the engrafted word that is able to save their souls (James 1:21). Although they maybe Trinitarians they have a system that is otherwise likened to that of the Jehovahs Witnesses. They need to repent and believe the truth of God’s inscripturated word.
(©️ James R Hamilton, September 2018)